Most produce sampled in California had no detectable pesticides

11/07/2012 04:39:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Vicky BoydThe majority of fresh produce sold and sampled in California last year had no detectable pesticide residue, according to a report released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

During 2011, the Sacramento-based department collected 2,707 samples of more than 160 different types of domestic and imported produce.

Of those, about 60 percent—or 1,647 samples—had no detectable pesticide residues.

Another 36 percent had residues within limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, 3.4 percent had illegal residues, although most were at such low levels they did not pose acute health risks, according to the report.

Most of those samples were imported from other countries.

Of the total samples, 988 were from California-grown produce, and 97.9 percent were in within legal limits.

Nearly one-quarter of the samples were analyzed with new technology that expanded the number of pesticides detected.

The new technology will be full implemented by 2014.

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BC - Canada  |  November, 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM

The headline is a little misleading and a bit of a stretch given the data. Actually, 40% of samples had detectable levels of pesticides, however, only 3.4% of those samples had illegal pesticide residue levels, while 36% had residues within limits set by the U.S. EPA. So, the question really becomes: "Are the pesticide residue levels set by the EPA truly in the best interests of the consumer, or do they lean in the best interests of pesticide manufacturers that carry a tremendous amount of power and influence over the US EPA?" Are the levels set by the EPA really safe?

November, 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM

I think 60 percent with no detectable residue is most certainly "Most". How is the title in the least bit misleading?

Montana  |  November, 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM

Assuming the pesticides tested are registered for the crops tested I would imagine any illegal or within limits residues are the fault of the applicator for not following label instructions, not the chemical manufacturer.

California  |  November, 09, 2012 at 10:07 AM defines most as "the greatest number or the majority of a class specified." I believe that 60% is a majority.

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